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Singing at The Summit

November 25, 2009|By TIFFANY ARNOLD

Once the guy in charge of booking concerts for Washington, D.C.-area Starbucks cafes, concert producer David Alberding has put together a coffee shop series in Hagerstown with hopes it will become an incubator for local singer-songwriters.

The next Saturday at The Summit music series and benefit is set for Saturday, Nov. 28, at Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Hagerstown.

Featured acts are musicians Lisa Taylor and Carey Creed, with special guest Tommy Lancaster.

Money from the door goes to Food Resources, Inc.

"Folk musicians and singer-songwriters are getting harder and harder to hear," said Alberding, 39, a Hagerstown resident who is also a singer-songwriter.

Alberding said he and his wife moved to Hagerstown from Washington in 2005 because the housing was less expensive and because they liked the small-town atmosphere. But he said he missed the folk music and singer-songwriter scene in Washington.

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"Maybe it was me just missing my friends," Alberding said.

So in 2008, he decided to start the Saturday at The Summit music series with hopes it would draw out like-minded artists and encourage original artists to flourish.

During his interview with The Herald-Mail, Alberding said the series is held throughout the year at his home church, though it is not specifically a Christian music show. It's also not a souped-up karaoke night or open mic.

Alberding gave the impression that the scene he was going for was more of a pared-down vibe, a hybrid of coffee shop and small stage venue whose setting just happened to be at a church.

"I like the excitement," Alberding said. "It's hard to entertain with just a guitar or just your voice."

If you go ...



WHAT: Saturday at The Summit music series and benefit

WHEN: 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28

WHERE: Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 802 Summit Ave., Hagerstown. Use the Summit Avenue entrance.

COST: Adults $5. Admission costs $3 for 10- to 18-year-olds; free for children 9 or younger. Admission includes bottomless cup of coffee or tea.

CONTACT: Go to SummitAvenueCoffeehouse.com.

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